Impressive comeback from Nantes last round away at Guingamp. After only 20 minutes Nantes were already 2-0 down, but thanks to constants efforts Nantes won a well deserved point (finished 2-2).
It seems that the offensive phase finally improved and Nantes have been scoring 2 goals per game since the season resumed. Young winger Thomasson seems to be a key player, as he is involved in most of the actions. He is a highly skilled player and pretty soon big European clubs should start making offers.
In defense they could be a bit more careful, especially down the flanks where fullbacks Lenjani and Sabaly advance frequently.
Bordeaux are on a roll. They won all games played so far in 2016, and although they weren’t exactly convincing in the field, it’s the final result that matters.
In the midweek Cup game away at Angers they used mostly reserves, but still managed to qualify after another pragmatic performance (won 2-1).
Keeper Carrasso, defenders Yambere and Guilbert, midfielders Chantome and Plasil, and forward Diabate should all return to the lineup for the game against Nantes.
This series of positive results is a bit surprising, especially when comparing with the playing style before the winter break. Bordeaux used to be much more convincing in performances but never got such good results.
It’s difficult to anticipate how this game will develop, but most probably neither side will rush upfront and risk getting punished. Both sides could prefer a waiting game that will help them keep a clean sheet.
UPDATE: Nantes will have to do without forward Audel and fullback Sabaly. Bordeaux will miss wingers Maurice – Belay and Jussie, defenders Pablo and Pallois, midifleder Sertic and forwards Rolan and Thelin
Nantes: Dupé, Ré.Riou – Cana, Djidji, Dubois, Lenjani, Moimbé, Vizcarrondo, – Adryan, Bedoya, Gillet, R.Gomis, Iloki, Thomasson, B.Touré – Bammou, Sala, Sigthorsson
Bordeaux: C.Carrasso, Prior, Contento, Guilbert, Poko, Poundjé, L.Sané, Yambéré, Ambrose – Chantôme, Plasil, Ab.Traoré, Vada – Crivelli, Diabaté, Khazri, Ounas, T.Touré